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About

Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Bridgeport Public Library to provide materials, resources and services which help patrons meet their personal, educational, cultural, and professional information needs.

History:

Michael Benedum founded the library in 1956 and was supported by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The City of Bridgeport began providing financial support for the library in the mid-1970s. The library was located on the top floor of the Benedum Civic Center on Main Street. In 1994, the citizens and businesses of Bridgeport raised over 1.3 million dollars in order to purchase and renovate the Allstate Insurance building on Johnson Avenue. It then became the Bridgeport Public Library.

The Bridgeport Public Library, a department of the City of Bridgeport, is administered by a five member Library Board appointed by City Council. The library receives the bulk of its financing from the City of Bridgeport. Additional funding is provided by the State of West Virginia, the Harrison County Commission and the Harrison County School Board.

Circulation Policies:

  • How do I obtain a library card?
    • Individuals must provide a photo ID and proof of a West Virginia address. Those under the age of sixteen (16) are required to have a parent or guardian register as the party responsible for all loans. Your first library card is free.
  • How many items may I check out and how long may I keep them?
Materials Loan Period Renewals Limits
Books 14 days Two renewals, unless the item has a hold Up to 35
Audiobooks 14 days Two renewals, unless the item has a hold Up to 35
Rare Books In-library use only None None
West Virginia Reference In-library use only None None
New DVDs/Blu-Rays 7 days None Up to 10 (count towards 35 total item limit); Patrons 18+ only
Older DVDs/Blu-Rays 14 days Two renewals, unless the item has a hold Up to 10 (count towards 35 total item limit); Patrons 18+ only
Music CDs 14 days Two renewals, unless the item has a hold Up to 35
Puzzles 14 days Two renewals, unless the item has a hold 1 per family
Board Games 14 days None 1 per family
STEM Kits 14 days None 1 per family

 











Please have your library card ready at the circulation desk. Patrons are responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged items.

  • May I donate books or other items to the library?
    • The library has limited storage space and therefore limits its donation intake to two small bags or boxes per person at a time. We typically accept fiction, children's books, cooking and craft books, audiobooks, puzzles, and DVDs. The library never accepts textbooks, dictionaries, or encyclopedias.

Computer Use and Printing:

Computers with internet access are available for personal use only for one hour of use per day. Printing is available for only $0.10 for black and white and $0.50 for color pages. You may also bring your own computer or other device and access the library's Wi-Fi. City of Bridgeport provided firewalls prevent access to unsuitable websites.

Fax Charges:

Faxes may be sent or received for $1.00 per page. Coversheets are available free of charge. The library's fax number is 304-842-9387.

Internet and Privacy Policy:

DISCLAIMER

The Bridgeport Public Library encourages the user’s independent use of the electronic network. The right of each patron to examine information formats must be preserved. Failure by any user to preserve the rights of other patrons, through willful or accidental means will result in the suspension of library privileges, and when applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Internet resources contain valuable information. However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated, offensive, or illegal. Use of this resource carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Parents, not the Bridgeport Public Library staff or the Board of Directors, are responsible for the use of these Internet resources by their children.

Use of the Internet indicated acceptance of this disclaimer and agreement with the policy.

INTERNET USE POLICY

Responsibilities:

The Internet is a global communication and information network that can be a valuable source of education and an excellent tool for research and study. However, users should be aware that some information might be inaccurate, outdated, offensive, or illegal. The Library has no control over materials that may be viewed on the Internet. Use of this resource carries with it a responsibility to evaluate the quality of the information accessed. Parents, not the Bridgeport Public Library staff or Board of Directors, are responsible for the use of these Internet resources by their children.

Users are cautioned that the Internet is not a secure medium. Personal identification information included in all transactions, files and communications may be subject to unauthorized access by third parties.
It is the policy of the Bridgeport Public Library to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification, information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and USC 254(h)]

Confidentiality:

Users have the right of confidentiality in all of their activities with electronic resources and services provided by the library, and the library will do its utmost through practice, policy and procedure to ensure that this confidentiality is maintained. However, users must be aware that security is technically difficult to achieve, and that electronic communications and files are safest when they are treated as if they are public.

Technology Protection Measure:

In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Library will enforce the operation of any filtering program when provided by the City of Bridgeport to meet the requirements of the law. The library must warn users that filtering software does not block all, or only, that material which patrons may find offensive; the patron remains responsible for the information they access online, and the parent/legal guardian are responsible for the use of Internet resources by their children.

 

Adopted by the Bridgeport Public Library Board of Trustees on July 17, 2003.

Social Media Policy:

Any social website used is for discussion purposes only and does not represent the official views of the Bridgeport Public Library and/or the City of Bridgeport. Any views expressed on that website are those of the individual post author only. The Bridgeport Public Library/City of Bridgeport accepts no liability for the content not under its control.